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Southwest Airlines cancels 40 flights

  • Author:Cynthia
  • Release Date:2018-04-24
  United StatesSouthwest Airlines cancelled about 40 flights on Sunday, April 22, and the cancellation was due to a safety incident caused by engine failure on Tuesday.

The airline said that it will begin to inspect the other CFM56-7B engines manufactured by CFM International in the next 30 days, where CFM International was the engine manufacturing company that caused the accident last week.

Southwest Airlines said that these inspections will have an impact on operations, but it does not indicate the number of engines planned to be inspected.

On the 4th and the 20th, on Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European aviation regulatory agency ordered an emergency inspection within 20 days. The inspection targets were nearly 700 aircraft engines that were ordered.

According to FAA, the engine explosion of Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 on April 17 was caused by the fan blade breaking. The explosion destroyed a window, killing one female passenger and injuring multiple passengers. This was the first air crash in the history of American Airlines in the past decade.

At present, Southwest Airlines refuses to answer questions about its CFM56-7B inspection program, including how many engines were checked before the accident and how many failed engines were checked.

In August 2016, a CFM56-7B engine from Southwest Airlines was forced to descend in Pensacola, Fla., when the aircraft's fan blades separated and a hole was drilled above the left wing of the aircraft. After the incident, European agencies gave the airline nine months to inspect the engine.